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Russian Immigrant Poses as Illegal Worker
A 24-year-old Israeli, a former immigrant from Russia, hid his identity for one month
after being arrested by immigration authorities in Eilat in the hope of being sent back to
Russia, where his mom resides. The resident was not carrying identification papers at the
time of the arrest and he subsequently told a court that he was an illegal alien from
Russia. Only at the end of last week he told police that he is living here legally, giving
them his identity number, resulting in his release.
Egypt to Train Palestinian Police Officers
By VOA News
Egypt has offered to train a new force of Palestinian police officers in preparation
for Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Al-Ahram Daily newspaper reported
Monday that Egypt has asked the Palestinian Authority to submit a list of 45 men for the
training that will begin next month.
The newspaper said an Egyptian military delegation is currently in Israel to negotiate
Gaza security issues. It said the two countries have agreed in principle that Egyptian
border guards, rather than police, will monitor the border between Egypt and the Gaza
Al-Ahram also reported that Cairo agreed to work with Israel only if four conditions
were met - the pullout must be total, Gaza must have access to the outside world, Gaza and
the West Bank must be linked, and Israel must pledge not to re-occupy the territory.
More Children Recruited For Arab Terrorism
Security sources revealed that during the last few months, at least three attempts made
by Arab terrorists in Israel to use minors in attacks against Jews were foiled.
In one case, a group of 11-14-year-olds were caught smuggling weapons between Egypt and
Israel. In another case, a 17-year-old Arab youth blew himself up in an attempted attack
near the Arab village of Jinsafut, 11 miles east of Kfar Saba. And in yet another
incident, three Arab youths aged 13-15 were stopped at an IDF checkpoint in Jenin on their
way to carry out a shooting attack in the town of Afula.
The security sources said that the latest incidents are only a sample of the widespread
use of children and minors in the terrorist war against Israel. Among the actions carried
out by minors since the start of the Oslo War in September 2000, are: suicide bombings,
riots, clashes with IDF soldiers, smuggling, reconnaissance, serving as spotters, digging
tunnels, and more.
PA Television Broadcasts Revisionist History
A recent educational program on official PA TV claimed that the biblical Hebrews were
actually Muslim Arabs and that Arab Canaanites built Solomon's Temple.
The program featured two senior Palestinian Authority historians who both went to great
lengths to deny ancient Jewish history and erase any Jewish connection to the Land of
Israel. Instead, the historians spoke of an "ancient Palestinian-Arab" history, creating a
historical connection to the land that never existed.
"The central component of this Palestinian myth," said Itamar Marcus, of Palestinian
Media Watch, "consists of turning the biblical [people of] Israel into Muslim Arabs, while
teaching that the Palestinians are the descendents of the biblical Canaanites, who are
also turned into Arabs. With both the Canaanites and Israelites becoming Arabs and the
religion of ancient Israel becoming Islam, the PA takes authentic Jewish history,
documented by thousands of years of continuous literature, and crosses out the word Jewish
and replaced it with the word Arab."
The TV broadcast consisted of some of the main points of the new PA revisionist
"history:" The Hebrews of the Bible have no connection to the Jews today; The Hebrews of
the Bible were Arabs; The Prophets of the Bible were Muslims; Biblical King Solomon was a
Muslim Prophet; Solomon's Temple was not built by Israelites, but by Arab Canaanites; The
Canaanites are the forefathers of the Palestinians; The Bible consists of legends based on
what Jews imagined, and not on history; The Jews today are descendents of a 13th Century
Khazar tribe with no history in the Land of Israel; The location of the Temple Mount in
Jerusalem is a Zionist invention; and Zionism is racism.
To view part of the PA TV program, paste this URL into your Internet browser: http://www.pmw.org.il/asx/PMW_QidwaTemple.asx.
550,000 Forsake Foods, Medicine Due to Economic Hardship
By Ha'aretz & IsraelNationalNews.com
Fourteen percent of Israelis aged 20 and over - an estimated 550,000 people - have
forsaken food purchases in the past year due to financial difficulties, while half a
million passed up on buying needed medications in 2003, according to a study commissioned
by the Central Bureau of Statistics. The annual study also revealed that 46% do not manage
to cover their monthly household expenses.
The CBS study - based on a poll taken among a sample of 7,200 Israelis aged 20 and over
from all regions of the country - also found that 65% are in need of dental care yet 45% -
over one million Israelis - did not seek treatment. Thirty percent of respondents do not
have complementary health insurance because of the additional costs, while 54% of Israelis
have also given up on clothes and shoe shopping.
The study further found that 14% of those polled say they "felt poor" in the last year
and a similar number reported that in 2002 their phone or electric line was disconnected,
and 59% gave up basic household renovations.
Thirty-eight percent of polled Israelis gave up heating and air conditioning in their
homes due to lack of money and 37% do not believe their financial situation will change
for the better. Chief statistician Prof. Shlomo Yitzhaki said the governments and the
Finance Ministry have refrained from publishing critical data on social welfare since the
1970s, Israel Radio reported.
However, the poll also reported that Israelis are happy with their lives. The poll
found that respondents demonstrated satisfaction and a general happiness. The study found
that 81% of Israelis are happy with their lives, with 52% believing that the future would
be even better.
It also examined the degree of religious identification, finding that 6% of Israelis
considers themselves religious, 9% observant, 13% traditional-observant, 27%
traditional-non-observant, and 46% secular. In the area of employment and family
relations, 83% of those employed are happy with their jobs and 95% are happy with their
A comparable poll carried out by Harris Interactive and featured in the Washington
Times, found 59% of Americans to be happy with their lives.
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